The Wedge of Truth
The Wedge of Truth: Splitting the Foundations of Naturalism
- Author: Phillip E. Johnson
- Length: 192
- Edition: Paperback
- Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Information on The Wedge of Truth from the publisher:
Science is the supreme authority in our culture. If there is a dispute, science arbitrates it. If a law is to be passed, science must ratify it. If truth is to be taught, science must approve it. And when science is ignored, storms of protest are heard in the media, in the universityeven in local coffee shops. While we may learn a great deal from science, it does not offer us unlimited knowledge. In fact, most scientists readily acknowledge that science cannot provide answers to questions of ultimate purpose or meaning. So to what authority will we turn for these? The deficiencies in science and the philosophy (naturalism) that undergirds it call for a cognitive revolutiona fundamental change in our thinking habits. And it all begins with a wedge of truth. This wedge of truth does not "wedge out" a necessary foundation of rational thought. But it does "wedge in" the much-needed acknowledgment that reason encompasses more than mere scientific investigation. Johnson argues compellingly for an understanding of reason that brings scientific certainty back into relational balance with philosophical inquiry and religious faith. Applying his wedge of truth, Johnson analyzes the latest debates between science and religion played out in our media, our universities and society-at-large. He looks to thinkers such as Newbigin, Polanyi and Pascal to lay a foundation for our seeing the universe in a totally different way. And from that base he then considers the educational programs and research agendas that should be undertaken&$151;and have already begun in some earnestduring this new century.
FEATURES & BENEFITS
- points out the limits of science in answering questions of ultimate purpose or meaning
- shows why "reason" is not synonymous with science but encompasses far more, including philosophical inquiry and religious faith
- provocative, well-documented and well-argued
- offers analysis of the latest debates between science and religion, including Intelligent Design theory
- looks to thinkers such as Newbigin, Polanyi and Pascal
- considers educational programs and research agendas that might follow from a "revolution of reason"
Description of Phillip E. Johnson, author of The Wedge of Truth:
In order to split the foundations of naturalism this book analyzes the latest debates about science and evolution. He incisively pinpoints philosophical assumptions and counters the objections to intelligent design raised by its most recent critics. Johnson prophetically concludes that the walls of naturalism will fall and that the Christian gospel must play a vital role in building a new foundation for thinking - not just about science and religion but about everything that gives human life hope and meaning.